Ateliers ’89
The Foundation ‘Ateliers ’89’ offers Arubans and others interested from the Caribbean region an orientation on contemporary applied art and design. Workshops in different disciplines as painting, installations, video-art, photography, drawing, fashion, theatrical-design, ceramics, animation, graphic design and history of art are organized in a spacious, open and comfortable setting. Established foreign and local artist teach at the studio’s. Every workshop culminates in an exhibition which is open to the public. Furthermore, there are special workshops and tours of the exhibitions for children and young students. Ateliers ’89 works in close cooperation with a number of art academies in the Netherlands and else. This way, young talents who started off in the workshops of Ateliers ’89 can easily find their way to a Dutch academy or an international one.

Ateliers ’89 already used to exist from 1989 till 1994. In 2006, they made a fresh re-start. Before, they have had four successful years. One of the students at Ateliers ’89 is the well-known Remy Jungerman, who ended up in Holland and gained fame there. Another example is the acclaimed fashion designer Percy Irausquin, who sad enough recently passed away. Coinciding, there is a respectable number of artists who, in part due to their learning at the workshops, grew to represent Aruba abroad: Glenda Heyliger, Roland Jansen,  Osaira Muyale, Irene Peterson, Ryan Oduber, Renwick Heronimo, Marcello Werleman, en Junior de Windt are just a few examples.

After the re-start in 2006, Ateliers ’89 has booked  rather six successful years. The ‘One Minute Workshop’, by artist Dick Tuinder has resulted in a number of international nominations for the Olympic One Minutes in Beijing, China in 2008. By now more than 45 students found their ways into academies or into the arts education. New exchange programs like ARUBA CARIBBEAN LINKED and CARIBBEAN LINKED II, are internationally acclaimed. This project made possible with the collaboration of  Arc Magazine, Popop Studios Bahamas, Fresh Milk – Barbados. Linking the young generation of the Caribbean Diaspora and bringing the islands closer to each other and their arts to higher level and focus.

Coördination The Netherlands
Margriet Kruyver, Head Audiovisual Department (VAV) Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
Gerrit van der Hout, Head Facilities Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastrich

Board Ateliers ‘89 Foundation Aruba
Glenn Thodé, President, President of the University Aruba
Nuris Lampe, Chairmen, Dermatologist/ Director ‘Nuris Lampe Derma’
Cheryl Coronel  Tresurer, Staff COMPRA, Aruba
Suzanne van Spall, Secretary, Staff AZV, Aruba
Elvis López, Director Ateliers ’89, artist and curator
Noraina Pietersz, Lawyer

Board  Friends of Ateliers ’89 Foundation The Netherlands
Jos Houweling, President, Director Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam
Ben Zegers, Secretary, Director of Education Gerrit Rietveld Academie,  Amsterdam
Jos Burger, Treasurer, consultant, Maastricht

We would like to thank:
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribisch Gebied
Mondriaan Foundation
Doen Foundation
Prince Claus Fund
University of Aruba
Sandberg Institute
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
And many institutes, corporations, and individuals in Aruba.